The easy-to-use equipment provided by APT Skidata – a leading supplier of access control and parking solutions – streamlines the ticketing process at each of the 30 entrances to the club’s new stadium, Langtree Park. Furthermore, it is connected to an online software platform that enables fans to purchase their ticket, as well as merchandise, from the club website, and to print out the ticket at home.
APT Skidata secured this latest contract with the club after successfully helping it to overcome an unusual access control problem, as Peter Carter, Operations Manager at the club, explains: “Having moved from our old ground, the GPW Recruitment Stadium, we ended up temporarily renting the Stobart Halton Stadium – home to the Widnes Vikings – for a year.
“During that period, we found ourselves in the unique position of requiring a short-term access control system that could overlay the building’s existing facilities. APT Skidata was willing to take on the challenge, and its system proved to be ideally flexible and coped well with what was very much an atypical situation.”
APT Skidata enabled the club to hire 21 handheld Motorola MC55 devices, specifically designed for mobile access monitoring, for the duration of the year, and the club was so impressed that after moving into its new home it approached the company for a permanent solution.
“We decided that we were ready to take the club’s equipment to the next level of integration and so, since the technology we had used at the Stobart Halton Stadium had proven so effective, we went back to APT Skidata,” says Peter. “The installation went superbly well and we have found that the new equipment is very straightforward and easy to use.”
APT Skidata supplied and installed 18 Vario.Gates, 18 LED concourse lights, the latest version of its Handshake software (v.5) and 12 handheld Motorola MC55 devices to control access at each of the stadium’s 30 entrances, says Richard Adams, Sales Manager at Skidata: “The APT Skidata Vario.Gate has been carefully designed to make people access control fast and flexible, using a single reader to scan barcoded tickets promptly and reliably from one scanning point.
“At the core of the installed solution, the Handshake management software puts administrative control in the hands of the operational staff and can be tailored to their individual requirements. It also provides charts, reports and analysis of visitor trends and behaviour, which can be highly useful for further marketing activities.
“Furthermore, for this particular installation we worked with Loughborough-based software provider Green4 to build from scratch an online retail EPOS and CRM system that could integrate with the APT Skidata access control solution, offering the club’s fans a completely effortless shopping and visitor experience.”
St Helens Rugby Club, also known as ‘the Saints’, rented the Stobart Halton Stadium, located between Liverpool and Manchester, for a season. During this time, the Rugby League arranged the fixtures so that the Saints played at home when the Widnes Vikings were away. In October 2011, the Saints moved into their newly built permanent home, Langtree Park, and recently played their first home Superleague match.